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Monday, June 17, 2013
ESPN 300 analysis: Florida State

By Corey Dowlar

As far as Florida State is concerned, there are plenty of notable and recognizable names in the newly released ESPN 300.

Top offensive line target Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara), previously at No. 33, is now No. 18 and inside the top 25 prospects in the country. Given his size and athleticism, it's no wonder he is ranked so high on the Seminoles' board.

Kain Daub
Kain Daub remains Florida State's top-ranked commit at No. 36.
Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood), who will enroll at Florida State next January, stays put at 36. Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) and Delvin Purifoy (Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola Catholic) check in at No. 107 and No. 109, respectively, giving the Seminoles' incoming linebackers group some shine.

Another riser inside the ESPN 150 is FSU wide receiver commitment Markell Pack (Purvis, Miss./Purvis). Pack was previously unranked, but now finds himself at No. 145 overall as a four-star prospect. JoJo Robinson (Miami/Northwestern), who is likely to find himself at wide receiver if he follows through and signs with Florida State, dropped three spots to 134 overall.

Quarterback J.J. Cosentino (Pittsburgh/Central Catholic), who just camped at Florida State last week, debuts in the rankings at No. 175, sporting four stars by his name. Demarcus Christmas (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee), a defensive tackle commitment to the Seminoles, also is a four-star prospect and checks in at No. 209.

There's still plenty left out there in this batch of rankings for Florida State, too.

Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) earned his fifth star and was just on campus in Tallahassee over the weekend. Alabama leads, and Florida State has plenty of work to do, but they are in the picture.

Running back, a position of need in this 2014 class for FSU, has Derrell Scott inside the ESPN 300 at No. 168. He, like many others, visited Tallahassee this week. The Seminoles face stiff resistance from South Carolina for Scott.

Myles Autry (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), a teammate of Carter's, was also on campus during the camp session but did not participate as he is recovering from knee surgery. He checks in at No. 256 and is considered a Seminoles lean.

One of Rick Trickett's top interior prospects on the offensive line, Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic) debuts at No. 274. Florida State probably is the team to beat for Martinez at this point, but Miami is in it, too.

There will be a lot of turnover and change in both the rankings and targets heading forward, but Florida State is heavily involved in this first batch of ESPN 300 rankings.